Dec 14, 2012 5:00pm PST
in newtown, connecticut. anderson cooper 360 starts now. >> thanks very much and good evening. there is only one story tonight. you know what it is. we have new details to tell but and we won't pretend we understand it any better than after it happened. it is a horror beyond words. kids as young as 5 years old. sadly to the names columbine and jonesboro, we have to add newtown, connecticut to virginia tech add sandy hook elementary, the second deadliest school shooting ever. 20 little kids and seven adults and the shooter who took his own life. all in a close-knit quiet community 90 minutes from new york. we will give you the latest information, but what we will not do is repeat the shooter's name over and over again. we don't want history to remember this murderer. we want history to remember the victims, the teachers and the children, those whose lives have been unfairly taken. we have a teamworking on the tragedy and we have soledad o'brien on the scene. there vigils tonight. we will be checking in with her shortly. vigils to tell you about as the people come to grips with what happened.
Dec 27, 2012 10:00pm PST
we were covering the shooting in newtown, connecticut, anderson learned something that made us all sick to our stomach that people were trying to capitalize on the tragedy, fraudulently trying to capitalize on the victims' family families. tonight a woman has been arrested in connection with one of those alleged scams. drew will join me with the details in a moment. first here's how we got to this point. last week the uncle of 6-year-old noah told anderson there were fake web site, facebook pages and e-mails going around asking for donations in noah's name. drew griffin and david fitzpatrick, our produce, tracked one of those e-mails to the bronx, and her name is noah alba, and they went to her house. here is what happened next. >> hi. are you ms. alba? you set up donations on behalf of the newtown tragedy? >> no. >> here is your name and address on the e-mail. >> no, i will show you who i am. >> can i come in with the camera crew? >> no. >> alba eventually agreed to let her voice be recorded and denied she had anything to do with the e-mail having to do with donations. this is mor
Dec 28, 2012 1:00am PST
in connecticut. today, noelle alba was arrested, charged with lying to federal agents who were investigating her for fraudulent fund-raising activity. here you see her leaving court in hartford, connecticut. she appeared before a u.s. magistrate. she was released on $50,000 bond. if she's convicted, alba could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. the fbi's criminal complaint refers to the reporting we did last week, saying quote, on or about december 19th, 2012, cnn's anderson cooper 360 program broadcast a story regarding charity scams and the sandy hook tragedy. alba was a subject of the program and allowed the cnn crew to record her audio voice in response to questions about her involvement with charities to help sandy hook victims. alba claimed that the paypal account listed in the request for donations was not hers, only that she had an account like that. alba claimed she never set up any funds for anybody. the journalist reported that alba claimed she immediately refunded all of the donations she received. she claimed other members in the scrapbooking community within which